Nancy B. Varghese
In a landmark moment that will be revisited in history books across the world, the majority of the people of Australia have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. Celebrations broke out across the country as the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 61% of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage, with 38% voting against.
Happy tears, singing, and joyous celebrations were the highlights of the announcement, as every state and territory comprising of more than 12.7 million people across Australia took part in the survey with every state and territory returning a majority "yes”.
Source: Ellen DeGeneres
Source: Patrick Williams
Meanwhile, in India, we have the likes of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stating that homosexuality is a ‘tendency’ which isn’t permanent, and may change.
Addressing a question posed by a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, who asked him what he could do about being mistreated due to his sexual orientation, he said:
“You treat yourself better, doesn’t matter how others treat you. You don’t think you are sick or something’s wrong with you. If you stand up, nobody can insult you… But if you feel weak and meek, and if you feel bad about yourself, nobody can make you feel better."
He added, “This is your tendency now...just acknowledge it, accept it, and know that this tendency is not a permanent thing. It may change. I’ve seen many men who were gay later turn into heterosexuals, and there are those who are normal, who are called straight people, end up being gay later in life. I would like you to focus beyond the body identity.”
Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor took to Twitter and referring to just the partial quote of Sri Sri’s statement, expressed her own opinion on the matter at hand, and Alia Bhatt was there to retweet Sonam’s stance on homosexuality, thus showing her support for the same.
Source: Sonam Kapoor
Source: Sonam Kapoor
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